Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

January 5, 2016 Book 6 ★★★★★

Review: Fairest by Marissa MeyerFairest by Marissa Meyer
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 27th 2015
Source: Own
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In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

I thought that when I read this book that I’d feel sympathetic towards Queen Levana, maybe have some pity, like her more, but I only managed to detest her, but also love her more as a villain. Talk about evil! I read this book a year after Cinder, so I didn’t remember much of what happened after everything Levana does here. However, I loved how Fairest was the type of story to, basically, lay out the main plot that starts with Cinder, setting the perfect stage for The Lunar Chronicles to begin.

I didn’t remember how evil Queen Chanary also was, but she was probably worse than Levana. In this story we are able to know more of how things work in Luna and how our dear evil character becomes the fearful tyrant we know and love. As bad as she was, I couldn’t really hold all the blame to her when many of the Lunars were indeed as vain as we believe, manipulators, deceivers, spoiled brats, and backstabbers. At least the royal, as we’re also able to know how one of the guards was and his wife, and they were simply lovely. There is also backstory on how Winter came to be, Princess Selene, and the slow but continuous blackening of Levana’s heart. I like to think of her as the type of person who, in their mind, they are the hero because they believe that what they do, no matter the ways they do it, is the right thing to do.

For those of you who have read Cinder, I loved how the first sentence of Fairest is exactly the same as the first sentence of Chapter 8 in Cinder, and the parallelism between Queen Levana and Cinder in many aspects *wink wink*. I don’t recommend people to read Fairest before Cinder. Even if there are no significant plot spoilers, there are a few things that are not mentioned in Cinder until further into the story, and many other things that might be obvious clues. Read at your own risk, but I guarantee you that you’ll love Levana even more, or hate her. Whichever.

PS. I think Regina and Queen Levana are super similar regardless of their different backstories, and Lana Parrilla would be a good actress for her <3

Rating: 5 stars

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • shootingstarsmag

    I really hope to read this one soon, so that I can finally read Winter. These are such good books! Glad you liked Fairest.


  • shootingstarsmag

    I really hope to read this one soon, so that I can finally read Winter. These are such good books! Glad you liked Fairest.


  • It’s entirely impossible to ever forgive this woman’s evil tendencies. I just don’t have it in me. Lol.

  • Karen

    Totally agree! It was great to know her motivations but less face it – she was always going to be a villain! I didn’t like her AT ALL – she’s HORRIBLE but I love her! Make sense? lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Melanie Z

    Gah I still need to read this one! I’ve read Cinder and Scarlet and am about halfway through Cress. I shall read it right after that! ANd YES I approve of these gifs! I adore Lana Parrilla!

  • Yes, I was so worried this book would de-villanify Levana, but it didn’t! It’s such a great prequel.